1976 1st edition. 4to (220 x 282mm). Ppvi,184. Colour & b/w photographs, b/w illustrations by Pearce Bates. Dark blue blind-stamped cloth, spine titled in silver-gilt.
"A startling and penetrating look at trout behaviour and riseforms - with brilliant, practical insights into approach and presentation". Vincent C. Marinaro came to prominence as the author of Modern Dry-Fly Code. In this subsequent work, he develops his ideas about how a trout's prey appears to the trout itself. Chapters include; Part one, in the ring of the rise - anatomy of the rise; what the fish does and soes not see; fishing to the ring of the rise; rod function, rod design. Part two - adventures with special fly patterns; a game of nods; the hidden hatch; bigfly, big hatch; small fly, big fish. Part three - trout rivers in profile -anatomy of the limestone and freestone waters; the Au Sable. Compulsory reading for any thinking angler.